BRUNSWICK, ME – The Amherst College women's hockey team suffered a 4-2 loss in their season opener at seventh-ranked Bowdoin College on Friday night. The Jeffs held on for 43 minutes before Polar Bear forward Jayme Woodward scored the game winner to break a 2-2 tie and put Bowdoin ahead for good.
Bowdoin opened scoring at 7:23 off a slapshot from junior Lydia Hawkins, but the Jeffs answered soon after as rookie Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) took a feed from sophomore Katharine Kelly (Shorewood, WI) to score her first collegiate goal and the first goal of the season for the Jeffs. The Polar Bears again took the lead at 8:28 in the second frame with the first of junior Katie Forney's two goals. Amherst rallied in the opening minutes of the third period, as junior co-captain Meg Dickoff (Minnetonka, MN) fired home a shot off a dish from sophomore Natanya Khazzam (Montreal, QC) to knot the score at 2-2. The Jeffs chances faded when Woodward found the back of the net with the go-ahead goal at 6:48 and Forney's insurance goal six minutes later put the game out of reach.
Junior Lindsay Grabowski (Princeton, NJ) finished with 28 saves in goal for the Jeffs, while senior counterpart Cat MacEachern was credited with 22 stops.
Amherst returns to action tomorrow afternoon at NESCAC rival Colby College at 3 p.m.